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Joseph Jenkins Roberts

Personal data
Date of birthMarch 15, 1809
Place of birthNorfolk, Virginia
Date of deathFebruary 24, 1876(age 66)
Place of deathMonrovia, Liberia
Political partyRepublican Party
SpouseSarah Roberts
Jane Rose Waring
1st President of Liberia
In officeJanuary 3, 1848 - January 7, 1856
PresidentStephen Allen Benson
Vice PresidentStephen Allen Benson
Succeeded byStephen Allen Benson
7th President of Liberia
In officeJanuary 1, 1872 - January 3, 1876
PresidentAnthony W. Gardiner
Vice PresidentAnthony W. Gardiner
Succeeded byJames Spriggs Payne
Preceded byJames Skivring Smith
2nd Governor of Liberia
In officeSeptember 3, 1841 - January 3, 1848
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Preceded byThomas Buchanan

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Joseph Jenkins Roberts (March 15, 1809 February 24, 1876) was the first (1848 1856) and seventh (1872 1876) President of Liberia. Born free in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, Roberts emigrated to Liberia in 1829 as a young man. He opened a trading store in Monrovia, and later engaged in politics. When Liberia became independent in 1847, Roberts was elected the first president, serving until 1856. In 1872 he was elected again to serve as Liberia's seventh president.


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